Hunting introduced, exotic animals carries a certain stigma with some hunters. It is undeniable, however, that the introduction of endangered species on game ranches and farms and careful regulated hunting creates sufficient stock to save them from the threat of extinction. In most cases, introduced or exotic species are every bit as challenging to hunt as any local animals.
Blackbuck are graceful, spiral-horned antelope that originate from the Indian Subcontinent. Blackbuck numbers have been greatly decimated by habitat loss. Blackbuck hunting is not allowed in India, Pakistan or Nepal. Fortunately, Blackbuck have been introduced to the USA, Argentina, Mexico and Australia, where populations with sufficient numbers and genetic diversity exist for future reintroduction attempt, or for sports hunting.
BLACKBUCK HUNTING METHODS
In the old days, hunters pursued Blackbuck with specially trained Cheetahs. The British colonials found it a perfect alternative to deer stalking. Spot-and-stalk is by far the best method for Blackbuck hunting. The antelope are diurnal, and graze in the mornings and evenings. Having spotted a buck that looks like a good trophy, the hunter tries to approach it, which, given the blackbuck’s acute senses and exceptional wariness, sharpened by millennia of evolving on open plains, is easier said than done.
WHEN TO HUNT BLACKBUCK IN TEXAS
Blackbuck being an introduced, exotic species, there’s no closed season for hunting and hunting opportunities exist year round. The best time for blackbuck hunting, in terms of both meat preservation and better visibility with lower vegetation, is in the winter months, December to February in the Northern hemisphere and April to October in the Southern Hemisphere.
WHAT IS THE COST TO HUNT BLACKBUCK IN TEXAS?
Female/cull blackbuck hunts start at about $500, and the price for a trophy blackbuck hunt across its range of distribution may vary from $1,500 to $4,000. Please note that some outfitters charge the trophy fee according to horn size. Hunts priced over $5,000 will typically be combination hunts with other species or bird hunting.